A Texas man pleaded not responsible to 90 federal hate crime prices on Wednesday after he was accused of intentionally focusing on individuals of Mexican heritage within the taking pictures rampage that killed 22 individuals at a Walmart retailer in El Paso final yr.
Patrick Crusius, 21, entered the not responsible plea in an arraignment waiver doc filed after his first look in federal court docket in El Paso, Texas. An arraignment waiver means the defendant is conscious of the fees and is getting into an preliminary plea of not responsible.
Crusius faces a separate capital homicide trial in state court docket on the Walmart taking pictures. He has pled not responsible to these prices.
On Wednesday, Crusius, in shackles and carrying a swimsuit, appeared earlier than Decide Miguel Torres and was knowledgeable of his rights. Crusius didn’t converse throughout the listening to, speaking by way of his attorneys.
His court-appointed legal professionals within the federal trial, David Lane and Rebecca Hudsmith, declined to remark after the listening to.
Crusius was charged by the Justice Division final week with the hate crimes.
He’s accused of driving 11 hours to El Paso from his hometown of Allen, close to Dallas, on Aug. three final yr, and firing at buyers with an AK-47 rifle contained in the Walmart retailer. He surrendered to officers who confronted him exterior.
Crusius confessed whereas surrendering and informed police he was focusing on Mexicans, in accordance with a police affidavit launched days after the taking pictures. Most of these killed had been Latinos.
A manifesto that prosecutors say was posted…